Definition of polyanthus in English:


Syllabification: pol·y·an·thus
Pronunciation: /ˌpälēˈanTHəs

noun (plural same)

  • A herbaceous flowering plant that is a complex hybrid between the wild primrose and primulas, cultivated in Europe since the 17th century.
    • Primula × polyantha, family Primulaceae
    More example sentences
    • Most gardeners know - and grow - primroses and polyanthus.
    • And everywhere I look there are primulas and polyanthus showing their bright little flowers.
    • Other jobs include dividing primulas and polyanthus once they have finished flowering.


early 18th century: modern Latin, from poly- 'many' + Greek anthos 'flower'.

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